Here’s a video to warm your heart.
Matt and Cheri Samworth, along with their 7-year-old son Hunter, were attending a Dayton Dragons baseball game last month. When Hunter spotted team mascot Heater, a friendly dragon in a baseball uniform, he did what most little guys would do: He asked his parents in sign language if he could go over and talk to the dragon.
Hunter has cochlear implants but is nonverbal, and what happened next (and is featured in the video above) is pretty amazing. Matt Samworth relayed the story to Today.com:
My wife told him in sign, ‘Tell Heater it’s nice to meet you. So he walks up to Heater and signs that to him, and next thing you know, Heater signs back and just starts signing to him.
The smile on his face was ear to ear. I couldn’t even speak. I was just in awe. I was like, this is something that he’s going to remember for the rest of his life.
My wife said it the best: [Hunter] had this look of, “He gets me. He understands me. He speaks my language.”
It was a great feeling.
As it turned out, the mascot’s escort who helps him navigate the crowds is a sign language interpreter. And Heater is currently in school, training to be an interpreter. This above “deaf boy Dayton Dragons” video got posted, and needless to say, it went viral pretty quickly. Check it out.
When the team discovered the touching video on YouTube and shared it, it quickly went viral, leading to a response that Matt calls “just incredible.”